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Psalms: Vintage Songs Modern Message - Make, Protect, and Sleep

Psalms

Speaker: Pastor Ty Neal
Date: June 18, 2017

Life has a way of being less two dimensional and more multifaceted than we give it credit. There are depths of emotions, textures of relating, sorrows as deep as a canyon, along with joys that soar higher than a mountain top - and everything in between. How are we to navigate such a complex life, all the while loving and enjoying God? Insert the Psalms from the Bible. Within these ancient and poetic musings, we find a melody that resonates with modern rhymes and reasons of life. Join us as we walk through selected Psalm and hear the vintage songs with a modern message.

TITLE - Make, Protect, and Sleep

Psalm 127:1 - 1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.

John 15:5 - 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

QUOTE - “It is not the will of the Lord that we should be like blocks of wood, or that we should keep our arms folded without doing anything; but that we should apply to use all the talents and advantages which [God] has conferred upon us.” John Calvin

Psalm 127:2 - 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil;for he gives to his beloved sleep.

QUOTE - When I give something I do not possess, I give a false and dangerous gift, a gift that looks like love but is, in reality, loveless — a gift given more from my need to prove myself than from the other’s need to be cared for… . One sign that I am violating my own nature in the name of nobility is a condition called burnout. Though usually regarded as the result of trying to give too much, burnout in my experience results from trying to give what I do not possess — the ultimate in giving too little! Burnout is a state of emptiness, to be sure, but it does not result from giving all I have; it merely reveals the nothingness from which I was trying to give in the first place. — Parker Palmer

Psalm 127:2 - 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil;for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Colossians 3:17 - 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Philippians 4:6 - 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Matthew 6:33 - 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Psalm 127:2 - 2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil;for he gives to his beloved sleep.

QUOTE - “Peaceful sleep is the opposite of anxiety. God does not want his children to be anxious, but to trust him. Therefore I conclude that God made sleep as a continual reminder that we should not be anxious but should rest in him. Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God.

Once a day God sends us to bed like patients with a sickness. The sickness is a chronic tendency to think we are in control and that our work is indispensable. To cure us of this disease God turns us into helpless sacks of sand once a day. How humiliating to the self-made corporate executive that he has to give up all control and become as limp as a suckling infant every day. Sleep is a parable that God is God and we are mere men. God handles the world quite nicely while a hemisphere sleeps. Sleep is like a broken record that comes around with the same message every day: Man is not sovereign. Man is not sovereign. Man is not sovereign. Don’t let the lesson be lost on you. God wants to be trusted as the great worker who never tires and never sleeps. He is not nearly so impressed with our late nights and early mornings as he is with the peaceful trust that casts all anxieties on him and sleeps.” John Piper


QUOTE - The life of grace is not an effort on our part to achieve a goal we set ourselves. It is a continually renewed attempt simply to believe that someone else has done all the achieving that is needed and to live in relationship with that person, whether we achieve or not. If that doesn’t seem like much to you, you’re right: it isn’t. And, as a matter of fact, the life of grace is even less than that. It’s not even our life at all, but the life of that Someone Else rising like a tide in the ruins of our death. - Robert Farrar Capon

SUUNDAY LITURGY 18 JUNE 2017
CALL TO WORSHIP//ADORATION
The Mighty Hand Of God - Citizens & Saints
CONFESSION
We Confess Our Constant Starving
ASSURANCE
In Tenderness - citizens & Saints
THANKSGIVING//PROFESSION OF FAITH
No Longer Slaves - Bethel
SCRIPTURE//MESSAGE
Psalm 127:1-2
COMMITMENT//COMMUNION
I Need You - Zimmerman
SENDING
Cover The Sea - Grace Point Music

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